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Layering: Catching Fire Gradient

"Tick, Tock." About time for a Capitol Collection nail look, huh? This tumblr post has been sending pings to my phone constantly over the past week. So, naturally the Capitol Collection has been on the forefront of my mind. I've also been wanting to try a vertical gradient mani for a while. Sooooo... instead of keeping it simple or anything, (because really, what's the fun in that?) I did a whole-hand gradient, then proceeded to take a zillion pics of it. :)

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Catching Fire Gradient

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Catching Fire Gradient Manicure

CoverGirl Catching Fire Gradient Layering Manicure

CoverGirl Catching Fire Gradient Manicure

CoverGirl Catching Fire Manicure

Materials Used:

Face Secrets Cosmetic Wedges
1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
1 Coat Revlon Barely Peach (undies)
2 or 3 Coats CoverGirl Black Heat (base)
CoverGirl Seared Bronze (gradient)
CoverGirl Inferno (gradient)
CoverGirl Rogue Red (gradient)
CoverGirl Flamed Out (gradient)
CoverGirl Sulfur Blaze (gradient)
2 Coats Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Essie Good To Go

Okay, so my inspiration for this manicure was simple. I wanted a gradient that would express what coal looks like as it catches fire. It took a little bit of time, but I'm really happy with the way this turned out.

First things first, I picked out the colors from the collection that I thought would blend across the flame spectrum nicely. This turned out to include Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, and Sulfur Blaze. Six colors meant 2 colors on 1 nail, 3 colors on the other 4. My gradients were as follows:

Pinky: Black Heat, Seared Bronze
Ring: Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno
Middle: Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red
Pointer: Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out
Thumb: Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze

I thought doing a gradient like this would consist of simply painting the outside shades and using the middle polish to combine the outer colors, but that didn't work. If you do that, you'll get really obvious stripes. I also thought I could use Revlon Barely Peach as a base coat, and only use Black Heat in the gradient. That didn't work out so well either. Seared Bronze is much too sheer for that. I went back and used Black Heat as my base, but in hindsight, I would recommend just a plain black creme polish. Much easier, and you can save the prettiness that is Black Heat!

Before I started on the gradients, I let Black Heat dry for a good 5 minutes. I worked from left pinky to right pinky, left ring to right ring, and so forth down the line. When I got to my thumb, I realized that Sulfur Blaze was insanely vibrant over black. So, I had to go back over some of the previous nails to match the intensity of the color. Using the edges of the cosmetic wedge, I softly dabbed to blend the colors together. Dabbing does change the texture and finish of the polish, so my nails really needed the 2 coats of clear AND Good to Go.

Do I consider myself a nail "artist?" Umm, no. (mainly 'cause I can't draw. period.) BUT... I'm really proud of how this turned out. If you're going to give it a try, I'd recommend having a plan before you start and making sure you have plenty of time. Getting the gradient right took me about an hour, and it really did turn out pretty similarly to what I had pictured. That doesn't always happen... so, Yay!

CoverGirl Capitol Collection Limited Edition Nail Glosstinis
CoverGirl Sulfur Blaze, Flamed Out, Rogue Red, Inferno, Seared Bronze, and Black Heat

CoverGirl Catching Fire Gradient Layering Manicure
Blurry, yes. But it captures the gradient nicely. :)

CoverGirl Black Heat, Seared Bronze, Inferno, Rogue Red, Flamed Out, Sulfur Blaze
l to r: MACRO Pinky, Ring, Middle, Pointer, Thumb

One more thing... has anyone spotted the Capitol Collection Nail Art Stickers? I've seen a couple different displays from the collection, but none of them have had the stickers. Boo. :(

What do you think of my Catching Fire mani?


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